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10 Horrible Weather Reports That No Pilot Wants To See

You've been there and done that. If you're a pilot, you've probably had more than your fair share of bad weather like this.

1) A Convective SIGMET

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2) This low-visibility METAR (whether you're a VFR or an IFR pilot)


3) An even worse METAR: Tornado or Waterspout

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4) A severe turbulence SIGMET

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5) High winds in a TAF

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6) A METAR showing thunderstorms and heavy rain


7) Continuous lightning, which is more than 6 flashes per minute, is coded "CONS LTG"


8) Forecasted wind shear in a TAF

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9) Moderate to severe turbulence reported in a PIREP


10) Believe it or not; erupting volcanoes don't make for great flight conditions...


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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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